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hi i'm steve adubato it is my pleasure to introduce one of the great teachers in the state of new jersey he is al mugno honors engineering design teacher at northern highlands regional high school this is part of our classroom close up series we do in cooperation with our friends at the new jersey education assocation you're about to see a video clip of al this whole cardboard regatta thing you guys do i'm not even gonna describe it but this is part of the classroom close up series we're doing which features great teachers doing great things cardboard regatta great stuff see the video then we'll talk about it let's go to the video [music playing] [music playing]
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i will be on the floating dock with my bullhorn with mister trotter and with the air horn we're running it in four consecutive heats and then i wish you the best of luck [applause] the object of the cardboard regatta is to design and construct a boat out of cardboard the object is not only to get across the lake but to get across the lake in the fastest time [air horn] [music playing] [music playing] no boat can be longer than seven feet in length it has to fit through the doorway and no walls and holes can be greater than an inch thick yeah our time was a minute and eight seconds as we were going across we were thinking just don't tip yeah don't fall into the water [laughter]
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this is the honors engineering design class we spent a lot of time a lot of time researching a lot of time designing and a lot of time building they're already sinking over there [laughter] woah [applause] the winner of group c... they have different grades with the staff their design grades with their cad drawings they have their grades of the prototypes how they perform they get off the starting line they get a certain amount of points the requirement is for them to be finished to get 100 on that requirement and then there is a scale where they finish and that's all done by time the most important thing that i had to keep in mind was buoyancy and balance woah [applause] mr mugno went over archimedes' principle of buoyancy and we had to incorporate that into our design as part of our final exam so it's basically the culmination of everything we learned this year between structural design supports balance everything
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[music playing] [music playing] [applause] let's go [music playing] [music playing] to our winners this year the fastest time of one minute eight seconds to the italian stallion boat by... mr mugno really is like the power behind all of like the design process behind the comprehending everything we needed to do to design our boats and build a boat and he really sets us up for success really alows us to build something that's successful fast and really is something we want to... we're proud of to see them laughing having fun joking rooting each other on is a great feeling for a teacher it's the epitome of what teaching is it's something as i will they will remember for the rest of their lives [music playing] [music playing] yeah how much do you love what you do? oh i am very passionate for
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you were watching that video what are you feeling? oh it's well why am i looking at your eyes amd i'm seeing some mist in your eyes right now? t's just... it brings tremendous feelings to seeing the magnitude of these projects come to fruition and to see the students enjoying themselves and really embracing the moment and the project itself what are they learning? they w... are they learning science? well they're learning science technology? they're learning math they learn problem solving they learn engineering they learn teamwork is the thing called stem? yes science technology engineering and...? ...and math they're learning stem with this regatta? yes. doesn't get any better than this right steve? [laughter] and where did you come up with this idea? okay that's a great question i went to... in njteea workshop oh yeah of course rolls right off the tongue go ahead [laughter] [laughter] it has something to do with
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engineering i know that yes it was a workshop out in morristown high school in 2010 and i have to give credit to jack rizzo. he came up with an idea for this with his students. i came back to school i've been with my supervisor at the time steve sivenetti and i said to him i would love to do this in 2011 the next school year and i took his document and then i went much deeper and much greater in depth and really tweaked it up and made it more tailored to my honors engineering design student class some of these students will some of them potentially move into field like science technology math because of this? absolutely 100 percent almost all of the students who saw in the video this was done in 2013 most of them graduated on some of them graduated 2013 some graduated this past year almost all of them were in the engineering field going for mechanical civil environmental biomechanical
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bioengineering biophysics so they're all within the science and engineering fields when did you know you wanted to teach? when i was in high school i come from a long bloodline of teachers in my family my aunts my uncle was an engineer my father was an educator my mother was an educator so in high school i started tutoring with the natural honors society when i was a junior and that's when i knew that there was something i wanted to get into how do you keep the passion? that's a good question every year you try and look... 22 years for you? yes 22 years? yes go ahead you try and look at... my personal philosophy is try and make things better try and look to tweak things try and come up with new ideas look to see what's out there in the world today see what we can bring into the classrooms and it makes it exciting and keep an open mind about things and it works and it really does work
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for those who think they know what teaching is all about you guys you get the good deal right? you get the summers and [laughter] vacation what do you guys...? what do you say? um do they have any idea what it takes? no no you're on the stage you know five hours a day i mean you're on the stage with me now i know your job's harder trust me go ahead [laughter] but you know you're on stage to teenagers it... listen keeping their attention [laughter] yeah right keeping their attention keeping them focused right keeping them energized engaged? exactly it's a lot it takes a lot but i'm very fortunate because the students i have i'm an elective so the students i have want to be there and they really embrace it and i tell them at the end of every school year i said you know thank you for being part of this course and i hope you enjoyed the show what do you say finally to all of your colleagues in the education profession right now? as part of this series in which we celebrate educational excellence with our colleagues at the njea with classroom
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close up what do you say to your colleagues? my col... listen it's something that can be done it's something that's there it's something that you know if you keep an open mind about things it will it can happen and if you give the students a chance you'll be surprised and i was very surprised the first time we did this in 2011 but they'll embrace it and students like to have freedom to be creative it's no secret that in 2012 your name new jersey state engineering and technology teacher of the year congratulations for that but also more importantly thank you congratulations for everything you do for the students that you have every year and the degree to which you engage them and inspire them and we're proud to have you with us and on behalf of all of us who have our kids in public schools thanks for everything you do thank you very much keep it up okay pleasure being on this show stay with us we'll be right back right after this
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to see more caucus new jersey with steve adubato visit us online at if you would like to express an opinion email us at find us on facebook at and follow us on twitter at @steveadubato we have lourdes cortez who is president and chief executive officer of north jersey federal credit union good to see you thank you steve we were just having a fascinating conversation right before we got on the air you just taught me an awful t... identity theft, how does it happen? and how can we prevent it? how does it happen? well it... yeah but you just told me people should be shredding their monthly statements and absolutely i'm thinking "what?!?" i just take mine rip them up and throw them in the garbage and you say steve you can't do that and i'm thinking what does that have to do with identity theft? go ahead well it does. it does. because you'd be surprised if you don't shred your
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statements and you just throw them in the garbage there are people that literally will go through the garbage to get your personal information so it's really key to discard your statements the pertinent information that you no longer use it needs to be realy shredded what is identity theft? identity theft is when someone illegally uses your personal information to get credit hmm to open bank accounts to inpersonate you really get driver's lisences passports but lpurdes some people are more susceptible than others for this right elderly populations and those who are absolutely we call them millenials jacqui yes what does that mean? 20, 20-ish? yes correct who are we talking about? i mean and why what's the population? well i think because the elderly a lot of times don't feel the... they don't see the
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importance of making sure to discard their information a lot of times to you know they're so susceptible to you know being for example i had a situation where a friend of mine got a phone call from a credit card company verifying information and it turned out that her identity was stolen she didn't realize it she didn't ask any questions she just answered the questions that were asked and it turned out that you know the person on the phone was the person that stole her identity and just got you're kidding additional information so you know my biggest tip for that is if you get a phone call from a credit card company ask them what your password is ask them why? because then you can verify whether in fact it really is
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your credit card company that is calling you to verify the last six or five charges on your credit card how did you get into this whole field? you're connected to an organization that we're partners with right right what about that organization? um it's north jersey federal credit union it's a non profit organization it's a cooperative right and also the large organization the parent group is right there we had the website right there right the credit union league and that credit union is all about educating and informing and advocating right? absolutely absolutely why? this is a big field well it's important you know we believe in people helping people okay that definitely describes who we are you know the difference between us and a bank is the mere fact that we care and we are interested in you as an individual okay just want to clarify we're not saying banks don't care... [laughter] you can say well what you want yeah we're not advocating that banks don't care right
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we're saying that's your philosophy that's your motto but also you're trying to educate people about identity theft you're also the other area i know that you're talking a lot about is credit score which people are clueless about absolutely and explain that whole credit score thing cause then absolutely there's something called a credit record right what's the difference between a credit report and a credit score? a credit report and a credit score? i thought they the difference... were the same thing yeah no it's two different things. your credit record is a list of all of your credit with your credit card companies, loans, mortgages it gives you the list of the financial instution your credit score is a score that is given to you based on your payment history how long you've had the credit cards or the mortgages open and it's a risk rating that gets calculated based on your outstanding balances how recent you have opened
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these accounts right and it basically that credit score kind of tells the financial institution whether you're a good risk or whether you're a high risk big mistakes we make that screw up our credit scores and they include what? late payments um you know late payments and also making sure that you... you know pull your credit report so that you can verify that the information on that credit report is in fact yours how do i get that? you could get that they all... the major credit cards offer free copies of your credit report i could say i want to see my credit report you could go online you could go online you could just google experian transunion and equifax all three of them provide you free copies of your credit report is it written in a way lourdes that i can understand r is it written in the financial argon that i'll be sitting there saying "what i don't get it?" well i think...
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cause that's the hard part right no you're absolutely correct i think that the credit card companies are really working towards making it user friendly do they want us to understand? i believe they do i believe they do but i also believe that people that are putting together these reports are not necessarily the people on the receiving end but if you don't ask for them there's nothing to read but you right correct have to be... what you're really saying is you have to be proactive and protect absolutely yourself as best you can absolutely you do you do and running a credit report you know i was saying twice a year maybe you want to do it once a quarter it's inexpensive and you know what? it's gonna protect you tay on top of it i gotta ask you absolutely before you get out of here online shopping yes give me some advice what are the risks? well you need to make sure that the websites that you're going in have the little lock at the bottom little lock? of the screen... yes it's a security lock that they... it has an icon
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of the lock not all of them have it but there is you know it does just verify that the website that you're purchasing on is secure and you can... they have either verified visa... the logo on the bottom... or the little secure lock on the bottom of the screen if not? if not do not shop because? because your information could be compromised information could be compromised this is important stuff yes it is yes it is because once your identity is compromised is so difficult it's a challenge to really you know get your identity back get it back absolutely lourdes cortez you've been a great public service president and ceo of north jersey federal credit union thank you so much for joining us thank you steve good stuff thank you for having me to see more caucus new jersey with steve adubato visit us online at if you would like to express an opinion email us at
5:48 pm find us on facebook at and follow us on twitter at @steveadubato we are pleased to be joined by doctor benjamin rosenbluth director of radiation oncology at holy name medical center good to see you doctor nice to see you too thank you i promise that we will talk about the radiation the art of radiation something called true beam technology as well which is advanced hings but i have to ask you this cause i'm looking at your background i'm thinking oh so doctor rosenbluth ent to giuliard he's a classical pianist and he also had this fascinating patient experience with a professor im correct? right now can you set this video up before we see it? sure he's an amazing man he he was a patient? he was a patient of a... of my colleague and myself and we became very friendly he and i
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and it turned out that we had a lot more in common than just that he actually is a musician and a very well respected musician and he plays? he plays the saw i'm sorry? the saw? [laughter] my earpiece wasn't working he plays the saw e's amazing and it... you know i ctually i had... i must tell you i never... i'm a composer i've never written for the saw i've never played with the saw [laughter] d he... when i heard that i said i have to hear this and so he and i started i hate to say this we started gigging we started playing for local events you know at that... at [laughter] holy name you know we did a few things and someone raised the question has anyone ever recorded this man mean he's amazing and he's been doing this for years and he actually said he had never recorded so he said this has to be kept for posterity this is it? so we put togehter a short recital for public television? we did it for ourselves well this is exclusively for public television this is exclusively for you this is doctor benjamin rosenbluth who has a distinguished clinical career but also he's gigging with one [laughter] of the patients at holy name professor im on the saw
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you on the piano let's take a look [music playing] [music playing] amazing... amazing it's otherworldly [laughter] [laughter] so you walk in and other than saving people's lives you walk in you say hey what do you play? [laughter] [laughter] i... this guy is extraor... how... how... what was it like for you being this extraordinary clinician but also having this musical side finding this connection? oh my god it's... the connection is there not for me for the world i mean there's a lot of there's a lot of music medicine people out there
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it's funny when i was medical what? school in boston i was sort of amazed and delighted to discover there was something called the longwood symphony orchestra which was a symphony orchestra comprised completely of medical practitioners and you have you know the pathologist playing cello next to the surgeon playing violin it's really... there's always been this connection my father who is also a physician is a lifelong musician as well and i think i inherited that is there a connection? music and medicine? i think there must be what do you think it is? eally do i think it's the puzzle solving it's the sort of obsessive practicing and also it's this sort of yin and yang little bit and you're so caught up in the day to day and you lose sleep over your patients you know you're thinking about things and it's a release it's a wonderful way to sort of step outside and really collect your thoughts can i ask you to do this? while we transition and maybe it's not even a transition the art of radiation today where are we? and how much further along are we today than say even five or ten years ago? oh my gosh it's an amazing
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thing to see and i can only speak for my field but it has been a whirlwind of change really over the last couple of decades and talking to people who have seen this history is fascinating because what we've seen has been a gradual increase in accuracy precision and with that the peace of mind to know that you're treating what you need to treat as opposed to...? staying away from what you shouldn't treat i'm sorry for interrupting the goal there is to with radiation...? with radiation we're basically well we're part of a tri-legged stool the way to treat cancer is you can cut it out which is a surgeon's job you can give chemotherapy which is a medical oncologist's job or you can use high energy x-rays to kill the tumor cells which is what a radiation oncologist does and the art of oncology is figuring out what combination of those factors any given patient needs and what we've been able to do with
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radiation has been essentially to reach surgical precision using these tools that have been developed i hate to say it not very long ago in my lifetime people were sort of pointing and shooting to kill a cancer cell they didn't really know exactly where it was going to go they weren't sure it was hitting the target and what has happened has been this amazing change in our ability to see the tumor to target on a daily basis and to use tools to make sure that the targeting is avoiding all the normal tissues they possibly can doctor is that what that this true beam technology is? right it's sort of the natural extension of what's been going on now for a couple of decades years ago we didn't have cat scans when we had cat scans we were able to see the area of the tumor then we developed pet scans we in the medical community at large and we not only could see what the inside of a patient looked like we could see what it was doing different parts of the body what they were doing how active they were metabolically and that helped us see even better where the
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tumor was so we could see it and we could then point beams in a more discriminating way so we could use multilple beams from outside the body from the different directions pointing all at the same tumor then what came about 20 years ago was something groundbreaking called imrt which stands for intensity modulated ratiation therapy and what that used was the latest in computer technology to determine not only where the beams should come from around the body but it actually developed what's called pencil beam technology to change the aperture of the beam continuously so that you could basically scope to your dose of radiation right around the tumor the next step was being able to visualize that tumor seconds before each treatment and that's called image guided radiation therapy and that's something we've been doing for about eight years now in our department but the latest step has been is true beam? true beam and true beam... sure and by the way we're not doing justice to this we're gonna
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continue this conversation but we're gonna pick up on the true beam part of this but the bottom line is incredible advancements much more accurate and really helping people tremendously and the music doesn't hurt [laughter] doctor i want to thank you so much for joining us thank you we'll pick up the conversation on the other side thank you thank you so much good stuff thank you the preceding program has been a production of the caucus educaitonal corporation celebrating over 25 years of broadcast excellence and thirteen for wnet njtv and whyy funding for this edition of caucus new jersey has been provided by the new jersey education association johnson and johnson new jersey sharing network health republic insurance of new jersey united water qualcare inc and by choose new jersey promotional support provided by new jersey monthly the magazine of the garden state available at newsstands and by the record north jersey's trusted source and caucus new jersey has been
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